The Chairman's Bao
 
Street Interviews Ask Chinese University Students How They Ask Parents for Money
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Keywords
大学生 - dàxuéshēng - university student / college student
开口 - kāikǒu - to open one's mouth / to start to talk
要 - yāo - to want / to need / to request / to demand
街 - jiē - street
问 - wèn - to ask
问题 - wèntí - question
上 - shàng - to attend (class, school or university)
大学 - dàxué - university / college
找 - zhǎo - to find / to look for
万 - wàn - ten thousand
给 - gěi - to give
关心 - guānxīn - to be concerned about / to care about
话 - huà - dialect / language / spoken words / speech
Grammar
Subject + 跟 + Person + Verb - Expressing a subject is doing an action "with" another person or people with "Subject + gēn + Person + Verb"
大学生怎么开口跟爸妈要钱
你怎么开口跟爸妈要钱?
他上了大学后不跟爸妈要钱

(在)…上 - Expressing "in / on…" with “(zài)…shàng"
有人在街上问了大学生们一个问题:你怎么开口跟爸妈要钱?

Subject + 会 + Verb / Adverb - Expressing that sth "will" happen or that sb "will" do sth with "Subject + huì + Verb / Adverb"
有人说,他会说“爸爸,我没有钱了”。

New Situation + 了 - Expressing that there is a change of state or that the action has just happened "now" with "New Situation + le"
有人说,他会说“爸爸,我没有钱了”。

Verb / Verb Phrase + 了 - Expressing that an action has been completed with "Verb / Verb Phrase + le"
他上了大学后不跟爸妈要钱
很多大学生说上了大学,爸妈打电话最爱问的话是“吃饭了吗?”,“吃的是什么?”。

Time or Verb Phrase + (以)后 - Expressing "after" a specific time or action with "Time or Verb Phrase + (yǐ)hòu"
他上了大学后不跟爸妈要钱

Result,因为 + Reason - Expressing "because…" to explain the reason with "Result,yīnwèi + Reason"
他上了大学后不跟爸妈要钱,因为他找到了工作,一个月能有上万元。

Verb + 到 (+了) - Expressed after verbs to indicate completion or success of an action with "Verb + dào (+了)"
他上了大学后不跟爸妈要钱,因为他找到了工作,一个月能有上万元。

(以)上 + Number / Quantity / Level - Expressing "over / more than…" with "(yǐ)shàng + Number / Quantity / Level"
一个月能有上万元。

(一)些 + Noun - Expressing "some / a few…" with "(yì)xiē + Noun"
有些学生说,他们的爸妈不给钱,还是很关心他们。

还是… - Expressing "still / nevertheless…" with "háishi…"
有些学生说,他们的爸妈不给钱,还是很关心他们。

最 + Adj. - Expressing "most / the most / -est" with "zuì + Adj."
爸妈打电话最爱问的话是“吃饭了吗?”,“吃的是什么?”。

Phrase + 的 + Noun - Expressed to link a noun to a preceding phrase with "Phrase + de + Noun"
爸妈打电话最爱问的话是“吃饭了吗?”,“吃的是什么?”。
Proper Nouns

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